Chinatown Art Brigade Gets Vocal Tonight with ‘Lights On, Speak Out’ Event

Posted on: May 12th, 2017 at 5:07 am by

Photo: Chinatown Art Brigade

The Chinatown Art Brigade is set to unleash its spring projection event, dubbed “Lights On, Speak Out!” on Lower Manhattan. The program expands on their ongoing anti-displacement work in Chinatown, to include projections that “actively oppose the ban on refugees and immigration from Muslim countries.”

Passersby will be invited to sing along to karaoke and share their messages of hope and resistance on the “People’s Pad,” which will be projected in real time.

“As Asian Americans, we have been targets of policy decisions designed to deny us citizenship and discriminate against us on the basis of race. As artists and activists, we have a responsibility to show the world that we will not let America’s racist history repeat itself,” says Betty Yu, co-founder of Chinatown Art Brigade.

The event is in collaboration with CAAAV’s Chinatown Tenants Union and The Illuminator. You can get vocal tonight, 8:00 – 9:30 pm, at the corner of Chrystie and Grand Streets. RSVP here.

The Chinatown Art Brigade started gaining traction last fall after roaming the namesake neighborhood area armed with a light projector and a mantra of anti-gentrification. Their illuminated displays have ruffled feathers and generated conversation.

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